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Russia beat Egypt 3-1 with goal flurry

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won comfortably against to leave the Pharaohs World Cup future in the balance as a quick flurry of goals led to a 3-1 win for the tournament hosts. Salah’s penalty opened ’s account for 2018.

Russia XI: Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov; Gazinskiy, Zobin; Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev; Dyzuba.

Egypt XI: El-Shenawy; Fathr, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel-Shafy; Elneny, Hamed; Salah, Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen.

After the opening games saw Russia defeat Saudi Arabia 5-0 and Egypt lost 1-0 to Russia, Egypt went into the game knowing that the game as a must win. Alternatively, Russia knew that a win would see them through to the round of 16 with a game to spare.

Egypt started the game well with Trezeguet being the main danger man, however his curling effort to the far post went just wide without troubling Akinfeev.

Later in the half, Salah had a good chance of his own when the ball was dummied by Marwan Mohsen before finding Salah however he failed to wrap his foot around the ball enough.

After a somewhat lacklustre first half performance, Russia came out of the half time break flying as they broke the deadlock just two minutes in when a mishit shot found its way into the box and was turned into the net by Ahmed Fathi’s attempted clearance.

Not long later, Denys Cheryshev added to his tally after some excellent wing play by Mario Fernandes who beat his man before squaring the ball across to the winger who had a simple task to finish.

The flurry of goals continued as Artem Dzyuba made it 3-0 with a well taken goal as he beat both Hegazy and Gabr with some fine touches before finishing at El Shennawy’s near post.

With the game seemingly beyond all doubt, Cuper abandoned his normally defensive tactics to go all out for a goal. It eventually came when star man Mohamed Salah was hauled down in the box and he finished the penalty himself emphatically.

While there was another penalty appeal waved away, Egypt struggled to create another chance as the match finished 3-1.

The result means that Russia are through to the round of 16, while Egypt are reliant on a Saudi Arabia win tomorrow against Uruguay in order to have a chance of progressing.

Egypt’s next game is on Monday 25th June against neighbouring Saudi Arabia at 4PM Egyptian time.

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  1. Hosam

    June 19, 2018 at 10:26 PM

    I think it’s time to say goodbye to Cuper. We are playing a with a defensive style but we can’t even defend properly. Nor can we even attack properly. Why does he use Abdallah El Said? Why don’t the players play much faster? We play on the counter but can’t even pass. Salah had to do everything. Ahmed Fathi played a poor first half. As a sign to the other defenders Cuper should have put Elmohamady instead. Aly Gabr wasn’t focussed. I really can not accept this loss against Russia.. What the heck is Russia? They didn’t win since ages but just got their confidence back after a game against the poor Saudis.

  2. Adam Adamu

    June 19, 2018 at 10:44 PM

    Haha stupid Egyptians this what you get for eliminating Ghana in qualifying. Your team is full of useless players Ghana would have given a good fight and account themselves unlike you pathetic Egyptians

    • Mostafa

      June 19, 2018 at 10:56 PM

      Go cry in a corner for Ghana not qualifying to the World Cup.

  3. Adam Adamu

    June 19, 2018 at 11:00 PM

    Tbh most Egyptians and North Africans don’t consider themselves the same as sub Saharan Africans instead they call themselves Arab you are no playing to make Africa proud

    • Gamal

      June 19, 2018 at 11:19 PM

      You’re talking gibberish.. in 2010 I was there with my Egypt-shirt hoping and crossing my fingers for Asamoah Gyan to kick in a penalty against Uruguay so that, at last, there finally would be an African team in the semi-finals.

      I still hope for it this World Cup. Me being an arab, doesn’t mean I’m not African.. I’m both and proud to be both of them!!

    • Mohamad

      June 20, 2018 at 2:21 AM

      You are an adiot, we all pulled for Ghana when they made it instead of us, and we’ll continue pulling for them to do well in the world cup despite of what ignorance you spew. ALL of Africa (northern and subsaharan) pulled for Senegal today and had hopes for Nigeria and Egypt to do well. On the world stage we walk together for Africa! Believe what you want you hateful ignorant moron

  4. Palapala

    June 19, 2018 at 11:32 PM

    Consolation Egypt.

    This Russia is not the same as the one who played friendlies.
    You remain a great nation of football.

    Palapala (from Cameroon).

    p.s. : Adam Adamu, this is not the right place to leave your coms. There are several texts about Africa here. They’re Arabs and Africans. Both. That’s all.

    • Mohamad

      June 20, 2018 at 2:23 AM

      Thank you for the support Palapala.

  5. Ali

    June 19, 2018 at 11:34 PM

    OK we saw a poor Egypt. Really poor!
    But first of all chapeau to kingfut for their journalsim work. They kept and will keep us hopefully updated throughout the World Cup.

    Today’s game was a surprise, really I was optimistic about an Egyptian win. But Russia proved me wrong.

    But to start of, Egypt should get a new coach, however Cuper did all his best to beat both Cameron (last year)
    and Russia, unfortunately his plans wasnt suitable for the Egyptian players. In both mentioned games we lost through the right wing/back. The performance of fathi is not comparable to his performance 8 years ago, and this was the catayser for the hard pressure from Russia. Cuper tried to help out with el Nenny instead o salah in the defense role, this was obviously fatal.
    ########## Enough of the analysis#####

    In my opinion Egypt needs a revolution in the EFA:

    First Egypt don’t has a real league, they just play in empty stadiums. This is not only a loss for the player, but also for the clubs. This should be solved ASAP!

    Second. I just realized how many kids from Egyptian business people play in the youth national team, without any experiences in their clubs.
    Evidence is that Egypt youth team didnt win anything in the last 6 or 8 years.
    Why the heck, did we lose to Sambia?
    Ekramy is also a candidate (maybe because of his father?). Why does corruption has arms inside the EFA?

    Third. Where the hell is Ali ghazal? Why didn’t he get any chance? We gave chances to many players, but no chance to ghazal, is that because of his skin color? WHY?

    Fourth. Egypts Prem league is not attractive for players, many Egyptian players play in the golf league. Even though the Egyptian league is better than the golf league.

    Fifth.we put to much pressure on salah, he is only a human like us. We should play as a collective and not say:,, when salah gets ready, we will win.” we should win also without salah!!
    Did you ever hear someone saying something like that, in the German national team about a player. Or even about lewandowski in Poland?

    There are also many critic, but let us concentrate on this for now. I’m pretty sure Egypt will never dominate a group in the world cup, without fixing all the above problems. Even if they bring guardiola and Messi.

    I hope kingfut will investigate the above problems. Espacially the point with the business kids in the youth team. How we can build a strong team without knowing about the future for the youth team. Maybe talents can’t prove themselves, because EFA prefer business kids, IDK. I hope you will investigate.

    Thank you!


    • Reef

      June 20, 2018 at 6:48 AM

      The Egyptian League won’t make players better. European leagues do. The Egyptian League is just organized chaos. As for the rest, I agree with you.

  6. Mahmoud

    June 21, 2018 at 11:25 AM

    Egypt ahould be happy jn the world cup forget getting a win over russianor saudi adabia

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